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Free Air Conditioner Programs – But Act Fast

Free Air Conditioner ProgramsA number of federal, state, local and non-profit organizations are giving away free air conditioner to those that qualify. However, the time to act is now as units are often given away on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the program needs to work with area contractors and recipients to schedule installations of the units before hot weather hits.

Those who mighty qualify include: people over 60, suffer from certain medical conditions, have young children under age four at home, disabled and meet certain income guidelines. Those who have Continue reading

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Can your air conditioning make you sick?

Is your AC making you sick?Can your AC make you sick? Well, yes — if it is poorly maintained –but in and of itself, no, it can actually help your health and potentially save your life.

Dr. Mark Mendell, an epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health studied the health effects of air conditioning systems while with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He told Time.com that worsening asthma problems and allergies are two health issues that can stem from contaminated AC units.

“If you have a badly maintained or badly designed AC system, whether it’s in your home or office or vehicle, it can become contaminated and potentially harmful,” says Dr. Mark Mendell, an epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health.

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Deciding whether to fix or ditch your broken appliance

WhentoRepairorreplaceyourapplianceMaybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.

Research your repair

Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.

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Cut your energy bills this summer by doing these things now

womanandfanNow is the time to start thinking about staying cool during hot summer months and also how save money will doing it. You can start now by creating a more energy efficient home and surroundings. Here are some tips.

Make sure you have the proper insulation levels for your home. Check the Continue reading

20 tips to make appliances last longer

20 tips to make appliances last longer A little maintenance can go a long way in helping to extend the life of your appliance and also make them as energy efficient as possible – saving you money each time you use them.

Washing machines

Check your washer fill hoses for kinks and bubbles. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting. Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.

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Cut your AC usage and energy bills this summer with these tips

woman-sitting-under-air-conditionerSummer is right around the corner and according to the Farmers’ Almanac, this summer is supposed to be a scorcher with intense heat and oppressive humidity. Along with hot, humid weather come hefty utility bills.  Electricity and energy prices are projected to rise by 4% this year. Here are some tips on how to cut your energy usage, save money and remain cool this summer.

Get the most out of your air conditioning this summer

Make sure you have the properly-sized air conditioner unit for your room. Most people buy large air conditioners thinking that larger and more powerful is better, but they end up with a room that is cold and clammy. Buying the proper air conditioner for your room’s size will not only save your money, but will remove humidity effectively as it cools. To figure out what size A.C. unit is best for your cooling needs, consult the “Properly Sized Room Air Conditioners” page from energystar.gov.

Change or clean the air conditioner filter once a month. Dirty filters use up to 10% more energy.

Utilize any of your air conditioner’s technology such as timers, temperature sensors and programmable thermostats. These features can save you money through better temperature control and by running only when programmed.

Don’t put things like lamps, computers or TVs near your A.C. thermostat.  The air conditioner will run longer due to the heat given off

Ceiling fans are a great way to make sure cool air is circulating around your home.  Make sure the “summer” setting is on: flip the switch down and the fan should rotate counterclockwise

Tips for keeping your home cool

Keep your windows, curtains and blinds closed during the day.  This will keep direct sunlight and outside heat from entering the house.

Landscaping not only can add curb appeal to your home, but it also can help save energy.  Trees provide shading which can help keep your house cooler and therefore, require less energy to cool down when it comes to turning on the A.C.

Use a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts cooling settings when you are away from home. A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs according to energystar.gov.

Save up to $100 per year by switching your incandescent light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.  They use as little as one eighth of the energy as older incandescent light bulbs.

Avoid using big appliances during the day.  Your washer, dryer, oven and dishwasher create heat while in use.  This heat circulates throughout the house and therefore requires you air conditioner to work harder than is has to in order to keep the house cool.  Cut energy costs down by using these appliances only early in the morning or at night, when outside temperatures cool down.

Avoid using the dryer by hanging your clothes up to air dry outside.

Make cold meals during the day that do not require the oven.

Use the crockpot outside! Crockpots are an easy-to-use alternative to the oven.

Use the microwave instead of an electric range or conventional oven.

Hand wash and air dry dishes instead of running a load in the dishwasher as much as possible. Or, if your dishwasher allows, use the energy saver feature or the dry without heat feature to keep the process at a minimal.

Also, don’t wait till the hot weather arrives to break out your air conditioner. You might find out it does not work, or you need a part or accessory for it in order to install or run it. Test out your air conditioner now to make sure it works and it is ready to go before the hot weather arrives.

Visit Every Appliance Part  for any air conditioner replacement parts  and accessories.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

May is National Inventors Month founded in 1998 by United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest Magazine. Do you know who invented your favorite household appliance? Read on to find out.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

The Washing Machine

Alva J. Fisher is credited with creating the first commercially-sold electric powered washing machine in 1908. The machine was called “The Thor” and was produced by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois. It featured a galvanized tub, blades which lifted the clothes as the cylinder rotated and the ability for the drum to change rotation direction in order to prevent the laundry from becoming bunched up into a ball. An electric motor turned the drum.

The Refrigerator

Although refrigeration technology was already being used for industry, especially in food and drink-related industries, Fred W. Wolf of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is credited with inventing the first electrical refrigerator for home use in 1913. The appliance was called the “Domelre,” standing for Domestic Electric Refrigerator and sold for $900.

Wolf used an old fashioned ice box with a mounted refrigeration unit on top which required external plumbing connections. His invention also used a closed system of circulating refrigerant driven by a compressor to cool the hot humid, air.

In 1918, General Motors’ President William Durant bought the Guardian Refrigerator Company and renamed it Frigidaire. It purchased the patent for the Domelre and through its own engineering and manufacturing, introduced improvements to the refrigerator and began mass producing it.

The Oven

British inventor, James Sharp patented a gas oven in 1826 and began to commercially produce gas ovens after installing one in his own house.

Gas cookers became more popular after the invention of the oven thermostat in 1923 which allowed the temperature in the oven to be controlled precisely.

William Hadaway was issued the first patent for an electric oven on June 30, 1896.

The Air Conditioner

Willis Haviland Carrier of Buffalo, N.Y. is credited with creating the first modern air conditioning system and such systems were used in factories, department stores, theaters and in the homes of wealthy people. It wasn’t until 1931 when the first individual in-window air conditioning unit was created by H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman. The units were not wide-spread due to their exorbitant costs between $10,000

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